Humane Society International is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to ending the dog meat trade across Asia. In South Korea alone, up to two million dogs per year are killed for human consumption. A great majority of the dog meat eaten in South Korea occurs during the Bok Nal summer season which refers to the three hottest days spanning from mid-July to mid-August this year. This time of year, the popular “bosintang soup” makes up more than 70 percent of the dog meat eaten in South Korea.

One of their latest rescues saved 50 dogs from a dog meat farm in Namyangju-si, Gyeonggi-do.

Dogs are typically kept in unsanitary conditions and receive little to no medical care. HSI campaigners use photos like this to expose these cruel and inhumane conditions. It is an effective way to show people where their food is coming from. 

They worked with the owner, Mr. Shin, to transform his operation to a full-time water parsley farm, which not only helped the dogs but has also proved to be more profitable. 

Mr. Shin even has plans to expand his business – talk about a win-win! This is exactly the type of hands-on and feet on the ground interaction that will help make the dog meat trade a sad page in history.

Thanks to efforts by HSI, there is a ray of hope for many dogs who would otherwise fall victim to the cruel practice.



By working directly with dog meat farmers to switch from farming dog meat to farming vegetable, HSI helps farmers in a sustainable way. With the consumption of dog meat on the decline and frowned upon, many farmers do understand that it is not a smart business to be in and being able to have support and see other dog meat farmers successfully make the switch goes a long way.

The dogs from Mr. Shin’s farm will be given medical treatment before being transported to HSI’s temporary shelter in Montreal. This is just one of twelve dog meat farms the rescue has closed down and 50 of 1,300 innocent dogs they have saved from a gruesome and brutal death!

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